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GCoM National Workshop on Climate Change in Viet Nam

7-8 July 2022 | UCLG ASPAC’s active member Association Cities of Viet Nam (ACVN) successfully conducted the National Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation under the framework of the GCoM Asia Project funded by the European Union (EU) to widely expand the awareness on climate change to many more cities in Viet Nam. The workshop was attended by 43 participants from 16 Vietnamese cities and towns in Can Tho City (Viet Nam). The organisation of the workshop was part of UCLG ASPAC’s role as the Secretariat of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Southeast Asia (GCoM SEA).

Dr. Ngo Trung Hai (General Secretary of ACVN), and Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi (Secretary-General of UCLG ASPAC/GCoM Southeast Asia) delivered their remarks. The workshop was officially opened by the representative from Can Tho as the host city, Mr. Duong Tan Hien (Vice Chairman of Can Tho City People Committee). In the spirit of tackling the climate change impacts, Can Tho sent 44 delegates to attend and share their insights about climate-related initiatives and practices.

Representing the national government was Mr. Luong Quang Huy (Head Division of Greenhouse Gas/GHG Reduction and Ozone Layer Protection, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment). He attended in-person to deliver a keynote speech on the regulatory framework and roadmap for achievement of Viet Nam’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and 2050 net-zero target.

The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) experts, Mrs. Giulia Melica and Mr. Aldo Treville, introduced climate change mitigation and adaptation tools. The GCoM Global Secretariat, Mr. Benjamin Jance showcased Data Portal for Cities designed by the GCoM and other partners.

The workshop participants also learned from the European cities: Stuttgart, Germany and Rome, Italy. Dr. Christoph Hemberger (Senior Planner Verband Region Stuttgart, Germany) shared the Stuttgart Region’s Climate Strategy covering both mitigation and adaptation actions. Flying all the way from Italy, Dr. Gianluca Fabbri presented the mitigation and adaptation practices of Rome Metropolitan Area and Colleferro-Latina Functional Area. By the end of the training, Mr. Piero Remitti (Co-Managing Director of GCoM Global) delivered closing remarks. 

In the second day, participants visited some sites that showcase

Representing the national government was Mr. Luong Quang Huy (Head Division of Greenhouse Gas/GHG Reduction and Ozone Layer Protection, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment). He attended in-person to deliver a keynote speech on the regulatory framework and roadmap for achievement of Viet Nam’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and 2050 net-zero target.

The workshop participants also learned from the European cities: Stuttgart, Germany and Rome, Italy. In the second day, participants visited some sites that showcase the practices of climate adaptation: Phong Dien Embankment Project and My Khanh Greenery and Leisure Park. The Phong Dien Embankment Project is aimed to prevent from high tides and floods from upstream in flood season, ensuring safety for community in daily life and ground transportation, as well as city beautification.

The My Khanh Greenery and Leisure Park consists of a diversity of animals and plants which are being protected and taken care of. This is also a way of the city to raise public awareness on protecting biological diversity through training and leisure activities; as well as protecting tropical plants and animals in river climate pattern.

the practices of climate adaptation: Phong Dien Embankment Project and My Khanh Greenery and Leisure Park. Mr. Pham Truong Yen (Vice Director, Can Tho City Department of Agricultural and Rural Development) introduced the Phong Dien Embankment Project, which is aimed to prevent from high tides and floods from upstream in flood season, ensuring safety for community in daily life and ground transportation, as well as city beautification.

During the visit to My Khanh Greenery and Leisure Park, the participants were guided by Mrs. Duong Thanh Van (Expert, Can Tho City Department of Natural Resources and Environment). The park consists of a diversity of animals and plants which are being protected and taken care of. This is also a way of the city to raise public awareness on protecting biological diversity through training and leisure activities; as well as protecting tropical plants and animals in river climate pattern.